Isaac Ben-Israel

Isaac Ben-Israel is the Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center of Tel-Aviv University, among many other positions, and a former Major General of the Israel Defence Forces.

Isaac Ben-Israel was born in Israel (Tel-Aviv), 1949. He studied Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1988. He joined the Israel Air Force (1967) and has served continuously up to his retirement (2002).

He headed the IAF Operations Research Branch, Analysis and Assessment Division of IAF Intelligence, and was the Head of Military R&D in Israel Defence Forces and Ministry of Defence (1991-1997). In January 1998 he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Director of Defence R&D Directorate in IMOD. During his service he received twice the Israeli Defence Award.

After retirement from the IDF Isaac Ben Israel joined the University of Tel-Aviv as a professor and was the head of Curiel Centre for International Studies (2002-2004), the head of the Program for Security Studies (2004-2007) and a member of Jaffe Centre for Strategic Studies (2002-2004). In 2002 he founded and headed the Tel-Aviv University Workshop for Science, Technology and Security.

Professor Ben-Israel was a member of the  17th Knesset (Israeli Parliament) between June 2007 and February 2009. During this period he was a member of the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, the Science & Technology committee, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Sub Committee and the Chairman of the Israeli–Indian Parliamentary Friendship Association.

Isaac Ben-Israel was a member of the board of directors of IAI (2000-2002), the board of the Israel Corp. (2004-2007) and the R&D advisory board of TEVA (2003-2007) and Chairman of the Technion Entrepreneurial Incubator (2007).

Professor Ben-Israel has written numerous papers on military and security issues. His book Dialogues on Science and Military Intelligence (1989) won the Itzhak-Sade Award for Military Literature. His book on The Philosophy of Military Intelligence had been published by the Broadcast University (1999) and has been translated into French (2004). His book Science, Technology and Security: From Soldiers in Combat up to Outer Space, was published in 2006.

Isaac Ben-Israel is the Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center of Tel-Aviv University, among many other positions, and a former Major General of the Israel Defence Forces.

 

Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources for the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder and Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and as part of the OpenNet Initiative co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American.  He has served as a Trustee of the Internet Society and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader. He was a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, where he previously chaired the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It predicted the end of general purpose client computing and the corresponding rise of new gatekeepers. That and other works may be found at http://www.jz.org.

Nigel Inkster

Nigel Inkster has worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) since 2007. He is the former Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security and currently a Special Adviser at IISS. His research portfolio at IISS has included transnational terrorism, insurgency, transnational organised crime, cyber security, intelligence and security and the evolving character of conflict. He has written and broadcast on all these topics and has also been engaged in a variety of para-diplomatic activities on behalf of the UK government including leading a Sino-UK Track 1.5 Cyber Security Dialogue. He is one of the authors of an IISS Strategic Dossier on the Evolution of the Cyber Domain published in 2015, has written a chapter on The Chinese Intelligence Agencies: Evolution and Empowerment in Cyberspace in China and Cyber Security (Oxford University Press 2015) and is the author of an IISS Adelphi book entitled China’s Cyber Power published in June 2016 by Routledge.

Before joining IISS he served for thirty-one years in the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) retiring at the end of 2006 as Assistant Chief and Director of Operations and Intelligence.

He graduated from St. Johns College Oxford with a BA in Oriental Studies (Chinese). He is married with two children and one grandchild and lives in London.

Jane Holl Lute

Ms. Jane Holl Lute serves in the United Nations as the Special Coordinator to improve the Organisation’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse and concurrently as the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the relocation of Camp Hurriya residents outside of Iraq. Prior to re-joining the United Nations, Ms. Lute served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Internet Security, an independent, not-for-profit organization established to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of public and private sector enterprises.

From 2009 – 2013, Ms. Lute served as the Deputy Secretary for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

From 2003-2009, Ms. Lute held various positions in United Nations peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Most notably, she served as the Acting Under Secretary-General and established and led the Department of Field Support, responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support to United Nations peace operations worldwide. She also led the Office of Peacebuilding, responsible for coordinating efforts on behalf of the Secretary-General to build sustainable peace in countries emerging from violent conflict.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Lute served as the executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund and as executive director of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, a global initiative that pioneered the international movement for conflict prevention.

Ms. Lute served on the National Security Council staff under both President George H.W. Bush and President William Jefferson Clinton and had a distinguished career in the United States Army. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Samir Saran

Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of Asia’s most influential think tanks. Working with the Board, he provides strategic direction and leadership to ORF’s multiple centres on fund raising, research projects, platform design and outreach initiatives including stakeholder engagement.

Samir curates the Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economics, and chairs the CyFy: The India Conference on Cyber Security and Internet Governance. He is the Co-Convenor of the India-US Track 1.5 Dialogue on Cyber Issues. Samir is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cybersecurity. Samir is the Director of the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies at Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur.

Samir writes frequently on issues of global governance, climate change, energy policy, global development architecture, artificial intelligence, cyber security, internet governance, and India’s foreign policy. He has authored four books and several academic papers. His latest publication, New Norms for a Digital Society, outlines rights and responsibilities of stakeholders in evolving digital spaces. Samir has frequently been featured in national and international publications.

Samir has also benefited from a rich and diverse experience in the Indian private sector. At India’s largest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, he served in various capacities across their fibre and petrochemicals, power, telecom, retail and media verticals. He was also a member of the Government – Industry panel on Intellectual Property and Broadcasting regulation.  Samir has been actively engaged with regulators and policy makers since the early 90s, closely studying India’s ambitious economic reform journey.

Samir completed his doctoral studies at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK. He holds a Masters in media studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

Commissioner Wolff von Heinegg decided to leave after the end of his first year on the GCSC for personal reasons. The Commission thanks him for his contributions to the initiative, and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors. 

Professor Dr. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg holds the Chair of Public Law, especially Public International law, European Law and Foreign Constitutional Law at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

In the academic years 2003/2004 and 2012/2013 he was the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College. From October 2004 until October 2008 he was the Dean of the Law Faculty of the Europa-Universität. From October 2008 until November 2012 he was the Vice-President of that university. Previously, he served as Professor of Public International Law at the University of Augsburg. He had been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Kaliningrad (Russia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) and Nice (France).

He was the Rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on Maritime Neutrality and was the Vice-President of the German Society of Military Law and the Law of War. Since 2007 he is a member of the Council of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy. Since May 2012 he is the Vice-President of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and since May 2013 he is a Senior Fellow of the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.

Professor Heintschel von Heinegg was among a group of international lawyers and naval experts who produced the San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea. In 2002 he published the German Navy’s Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations. Professor Heintschel von Heinegg has been a member of several groups of experts working on the current state and progressive development of international humanitarian law, including the Manual on Air and Missile Warfare (2010) and the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare (2013). He is a widely published author of articles and books on public international law, in particular international humanitarian law, European and German constitutional law.

Olaf Kolkman

As Chief Internet Technology Officer, Mr. Kolkman is in charge of the Internet Society’s Strategic Technical activities, particularly as they pertain to issues and opportunities for enhancing the Internet’s evolution.

Olaf has been actively involved with Internet technologies since his astronomy studies during the early nineties. Internet became his professional focus in 1996 when he joined the RIPE NCC to develop the first version of what has become a worldwide test-network. In 2007 he became the managing director of NLnet Labs. Under his responsibility NLnet Labs produced open-source products, performed research on technical issues with global impact, and contributed actively to the regional and global collaborative standard and governance bodies (e.g. ICANN, RIPE, IETF), and ‘pushed the needle’ on the development and deployment of DNSSEC.

Kolkman describes himself as an Internet generalist and evangineer, somebody with deep knowledge on some of the Internet’s technical aspects who particularly enjoys bridging the technology-society-policy gaps.

Olaf Kolkman has had numerous responsibilities in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the premier standards organization for the Internet. He chaired the IETF DNS Extension Working Group (dnsext) and the Web Extensible Internet Registration Data Service (weirds) working groups. He was IAB member from 2006 to 2012 and its chair between March 2007 and March 2011. He was member of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and the IETF Trust, and was Acting RFC Series Editor in 2011.

He is the IETF/ISOC representative on the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization and a Trusted Community Representative in the context of the DNS Root-Signing ceremony.

Frédérick Douzet

Frédérick Douzet is a Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics at Paris 8 University and has been chairwoman of the Castex Chair of Cyber Strategy since February 2013.

Her current research deals with the geopolitics of cyberspace, as cyberspace has become the object of power rivalries between stakeholders, a scene of confrontation, and a highly powerful tool in geopolitical conflicts. Frédérick Douzet work aims at replacing cyber conflicts within their geopolitical context and training young researchers to take into account the cyber dimension of the geopolitical conflicts and regions they study. She manages a multidisciplinary team of graduate students at the University of Paris 8 and the Castex Chair of Cyberstrategy and covers a wide range of topics.

She studied political science at the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble and Oxford Brookes University. She earned a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley in 1993 then joined the graduate school of geopolitics at the University of Paris 8 where she did her PhD under the supervision of Béatrice Giblin. She has been a member of the editorial board of the review Hérodote since 1994.

Frédérick Douzet was nominated junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2006 and has received several awards for her research : International Forum on Cybersecurity (FIC) Book Prize for strategic thinking (2015) ; France-Berkeley Fund Award for Outstanding Young Scholar (2014) ; Alphonse Milne Edwards book prize from the Society of Geography (2008); Ernest Lemonon book prize from the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (2008) ; Best paper award from the Urban Affairs Association (2009). She has also received scholarships from the Fulbright Program and the Georges Lurcy Foundation. In 2015, she received the title of “Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite” in recognition for public service.

James Andrew Lewis

James Andrew Lewis is a senior vice president and program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he writes on technology, security, and innovation. Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. His government experience includes work on a range of politico-military and Asian security issues, as a negotiator on conventional arms transfers and advanced military technology, and in developing policies for satellites, encryption, and the Internet. Lewis led the U.S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group on advanced civil and military technologies and was the rapporteur for the 2010, 2013, and 2015 UN Group of Government Experts on Information Security. He was also assigned to U.S. Southern Command for Operation Just Cause, to U.S. Central Command for Operation Desert Shield, and to the U.S. Central American Task Force. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Lewis is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity. His writings include “Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency,” which was noted by President Barack Obama in his first speech on cybersecurity. Lewis is the U.S. lead for a long-running Track II Dialogue on cybersecurity with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, and he has also authored numerous publications on the relationship between technology, innovation, and national power. Another series of reports examined the role of space in national security. His current research examines international security and governance in cyberspace, the relationship between innovation and technology, the future of warfare, and the effect of the Internet on politics. He has served as a member of the Commerce Department’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and as a member and chair of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing. Lewis is frequently quoted in the press and has testified numerous times before Congress.

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. She serves on the International Trade committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights. She is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. Furthermore, Marietje Schaake is the Vice-President of the US Delegation and serves on the Iran Delegation and the Delegation for the Arab peninsula. She was a Member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and is a Young Global Leader and a Member of the Global Future Council on Future of Digital Economy and Society with the WEF.

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